Jones Q&A: Ireland preview and injury update

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As England prepared for their final game of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations, head coach Eddie Jones looks ahead to facing Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday and gives an update on the injuries within the squad.

Can you sum up the determination to finish the Six Nations on a high?

"Obviously we need to get over the disappointment of losing the game. We've reflected on the game, we did enough to win but sometimes the result doesn't go your way.

"We've just got to focus now on Ireland which we've been doing, we started that today with a short run this morning and a couple of meetings."

What's your assessment of Ireland and the challenge they'll bring?

"They're a good team. I said at the start of the tournament they're a good team and they've proved that - they're worthy champions of the Six Nations."

Is there any time between now and Saturday to make some inroads into the breakdown situation?

"We just keep working on it."

Have you had any more thoughts on that from Saturday?

"There are technical and tactical issues with it that we need to just keep working on. As I said after the game, some habits you can change quickly, some habits take longer to change - it's my job to change them."

With what's happened over these last two games, have they shaken your belief in what this team can achieve?

"No, not at all. I think that every good team goes through this period, it's actually an essential part of developing a great team. The learnings we'll get from this, albeit very painful, are absolutely crucial going forward because it is about how we respond.

"It's not as if we can't play rugby, we know we've got good players as they've played for the Lions and won games for England. When you get a loss it tests your mental resolve and that's the test we've got to face."

How is Dylan Hartley?

"Dylan ran this morning but we need to get a medical report on him. I expect him to be available but we will just have to wait and see. If he's fit then he'll be playing."

And Elliot Daly was in a protective boot?

"That is just a precaution. He'll go for a scan today, it's his foot."


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